Citing Aretha Franklin as one of the most influential artists on his career, producer and DJ Gramatik has sampled the soul icon countless times over the past 15 years with two of his most prominent beats, “In This Whole World” and “I’m Free,” sampled from Franklin’s legendary discography. Today, Gramatik is paying homage to the recently deceased Franklin with a tribute single “Let Me Know The Way.”
“Back when I was in 8th grade, I discovered sampling and found out it’s the basis of hip hop production and culture. I was captivated by this art form and she was one of the first artists I sampled in that same week. Over the last 15+ years, I’ve sampled her countless times and learned the craft through sampling her amazing discography. 2 of the most prominent beats of mine with samples of her are “In This Whole World” and “I’m Free”, and even to this day, coincidentally, I made 3 beats last month for SB5 with samples from her songs, this is one of them. She was a force of nature, a voice of a generation and an inspiration to us all. We will miss you dearly, my Queen.”
“Let Me Know The Way” is additionally a preview of whats to come on Gramatik’s upcoming Street Bangerz Vol. 5 release that compiles a number of brand new unreleased Gramatik cuts. While awaiting the release of Street Bangerz Vol. 5, fans can revisit his other 2018 release, “Future Crypto” withBranx- a tribute to Gramatik’s venture into cryptocurrencies and establishment of his GRMTK token, or catch him live at his annual return to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on Sept 1st. Find a full list of tour dates below.
Aug 31-Sept 2– Electric Zoo- New York, NY
September 1– Red Rocks Amphitheater w/ Griffin, Haywyre, Ramzoid, Balkan Bump – Morrison, CO
September 21-23– Life Is Beautiful- Las Vegas, NV
October 25-28– Suwanee Hulaween- Live Oak, FL
Nov 2– Live w/ Goldfish- San Francisco, CA